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Pregnancy outcomes in Santa Clara County 1980-1985
Written: 1988


In 1981 a leak of solvents from an underground storage tank was detected at the Fairchild Camera Company, an electronics manufacturing company in Santa Clara County.  Solvents were then found in a well supplying water to the nearby community. Residents became concerned about a possible relationship between adverse reproductive outcomes and consumption of contaminated water.  One resident wrote to the president of the Great Oaks Water Company reporting several spontaneous abortions and birth defects.  To investigate this issue, the California Department of Health Services (DHS) conducted two epidemiological studies: an examination of pregnancy outcomes and a countywide study of major cardiac birth defects.

Summaries of the studies (Size:  45KB)